It always make me feel good when I can be a mom that says, "Yes!"
When Ella came in with an arm full of pinecones, wanting to make birdfeeders, I turned off my normal weekday feeling of rush and said, "Sure, honey. You can make birdfeeders." I was surprised how independent my baby was, getting a chair to reach the peanut butter, making sure she returned it to its place on the shelf when she was finished.
She tied them carefully in various places around the yard. Her mind is always working and I never cease to be impressed by her thoughtfulness. Imagination is her gift.